10 High-End Tablets With the Power to Handle Most on the Job Chores

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-04-11
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 High-End Tablets With the Power to Handle Most on the Job Chores
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    10 High-End Tablets With the Power to Handle Most on the Job Chores

    Tablet sales may be down, but users are still seeking ones that offer top-notch performance. These 10 deliver performance and features that rival notebooks.
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    Go for a Big Screen With an iPad Pro
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    Go for a Big Screen With an iPad Pro

    Apple recently grew its iPad Pro line with the addition of a 9.7-inch version. Regardless of the customer's choice of iPad Pro, the devices deliver a high-end tablet experience. For one, both the 9.7- and 12.9-inch versions come with an A9X processor, offering notebook-like performance. In addition, they both support Smart Keyboard, which effectively turns the device into a notebook, as well as the Apple Pencil, which allows for writing on the screen.
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    HP's Pro Slate 8 Is a Little Smaller
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    HP's Pro Slate 8 Is a Little Smaller

    The HP Pro Slate 8 is designed with corporate customers in mind. The device, which runs on Android, comes with the quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of memory. It has full support for HP's Managed Mobility services and the company's Duet Pen, which acts like a stylus. The screen size is a little smaller than the iPad Pros, though, coming in at just 7.9 inches.
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    Surface Pro 4 Arrives as Microsoft's Top Tablet
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    Surface Pro 4 Arrives as Microsoft's Top Tablet

    Those who want a product from Microsoft can't go wrong with the 12.3-inch Surface Pro 4. The tablet, which comes in several varieties, supports a keyboard and pen, like the iPad Pro. If it is power the buyer is seeking, Microsoft offers a number of processor options. The Surface Pro 4 starts with an Intel Core m3, but tops out with the Intel Core i7. Best of all, customers can get options with 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage. And as one might expect, the device runs on Windows 10 Pro.
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    Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S Finds an Audience
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    Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S Finds an Audience

    Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S is yet another tablet that supports a cover that doubles as a keyboard. In addition, the device has a 12-inch full-HD display, runs on Intel's Core M processor and comes with Windows 10. Samsung says its tablet will deliver up to 10.5 hours of battery life on a single charge. The TabPro S comes with 128GB of solid-state drive storage and allows for WiFi connectivity.
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    HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Scores With 10-Inch Screen
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    HP ElitePad 1000 G2 Scores With 10-Inch Screen

    The HP ElitePad 1000 G2 is a little less powerful than some of its counterparts in this roundup, due to the Intel Atom Z3795 it's running. However, it does have a 10.1-inch screen, 64GB of storage and memory expansion with a microSDXC slot. It's also worth noting the device features Windows 8.1 Pro instead of Windows 10 Pro. On the security side, the tablet comes with HP BIOS Protection, which should keep a watchful eye on possible viruses.
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    Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Remains Popular
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    Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro Remains Popular

    Lenovo's Yoga Tab 3 Pro line has been on the market for a long time, but remains popular with buyers. The Android-based tablet features an Intel Atom processor and up to 32GB of storage. The 10-inch screen has 299 pixels per inch and supports any kind of stylus. The tablet has up to 18 hours of battery life and even a projector feature that allows users to project a 70-inch image on a wall or ceiling.
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    Dell Relies on Windows With Venue 10 Pro
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    Dell Relies on Windows With Venue 10 Pro

    Windows 10 makes another appearance in the Dell Venue 10 Pro. The 10.1-inch tablet supports Dell's stylus technology and runs on Intel's Atom processors. It also comes with Dell Data Protection for enhanced security and has ports for micro HDMI, USB 3 and USB Type-C. Docking pins enable users to connect to dual displays, a keyboard, mouse or other accessories with help from the Dell Dock.
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    Lenovo Adds Interesting Features to ThinkPad X1 Tablet
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    Lenovo Adds Interesting Features to ThinkPad X1 Tablet

    The 12-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet is similar to the Yoga Tab 3 Pro on several fronts. For instance, both devices are designed for enterprise users and come with projector technology baked in. The ThinkPad can run on up to an Intel Core m7 processor, relies on Windows 10 Pro and can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. Lenovo also offers modules that can be purchased separately to enhance its functionality, including a productivity module that adds 5 hours of battery life and several ports.
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    The China-Based Huawei MateBook
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    The China-Based Huawei MateBook

    Like other tablets in this roundup, the Huawei MateBook runs on Intel's Core M processor and comes with Windows 10 Pro. But it also features a 12-inch screen, supports up to 512GB of storage and has a fingerprint sensor for additional security. Plus, owners can choose to extend its functionality with help from Huawei's keyboard, stylus and a productivity dock. It's also worth noting that Huawei ships its MateBook with several cable adapters, including a USB-C-to-micro-USB cable.
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    Panasonic's Toughpad 4K Built for Rough Field Work
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    Panasonic's Toughpad 4K Built for Rough Field Work

    The Panasonic Toughpad 4K is designed to be a rugged option for customers who often drop their devices or need some extra protection. But its most appealing feature could be its massive 20-inch display featuring a 4K resolution. That, of course, makes the Windows 8.1 Pro-based device quite big, but Panasonic makes up for the size by offering a wide range of ports, including USB 3.0 and Ethernet, along with a MiniDisplayPort. The Touchpad 4K also comes with a Smart Card reader and security cable loop.
 

Little good news came out of the tablet market in 2015. According to research firm IDC, total tablet shipments worldwide fell 10.1 percent to 206.8 million units during the year. Not even the iPad, which has long ruled the tablet industry, was able to avoid the market's troubles as shipments of Apple's devices fell 21.8 percent year-over-year. But that hasn't discouraged tablet makers from introducing new models or updating existing ones. Apple recently launched a new iPad Pro, and Huawei—one of the few companies to see 2015 shipments rise—has invested heavily in the marketplace. However, much of the investment in tablets has gone into the higher-end models, which manufacturers believe will attract enterprise buyers and those seeking top-notch performance.  And that is exactly the market segment this slide show will focus on. The tablets covered in the following slides come from a wide array of device makers, but they all deliver performance and features that can rival notebooks.  That's likely to be an important selling point for some customers.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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